MichTrucks and JDM & Associates of Petersburg, Michigan have received a certificate from the EPA which will allow them to sell new Kei mini-trucks from Suzuki. The Kei vehicles have been gaining in popularity in the last few years, particularly as utility vehicles on farms. However, most of these vehicles were used ones imported from Japan. The fact that they were used rather new allowed them to circumvent EPA regulations regarding certificates of compliance for engines. The EPA recently closed that loophole and now require certificates for all engines, whether the vehicle is new or used.
The testing process for the certification took JDM & Associates over a year but they can now sell the Suzuki Carry, Suzuki Alto and Suzuki Every models. The gas-powered vehicles get 40 mpg and include a speed limiter so they can be made compliant with state LSV regulations. The vehicles are not approved for use on interstates.
The company’s websites promotes the vehicles as an alternative to utility vehicles like the Mule and Gator. The mini-trucks offer an enclosed cab and come with heating and air conditioning for a more comfortable environment in extreme conditions. Learn more: Inside-pr.com